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English Buildings Blog · 5h ago

Louth, Lincolnshire

Top-drawerI continue my group of posts looking back over buildings I visited earlier with a couple of Lincolnshire favourites. I’ve been to Louth many times, and whenever I’m there I look at...
English Buildings Blog · 3d ago

Sudbury, Suffolk

Corn Exchange, book exchangeThis is one of those jaw-dropping buildings that constantly stop me in my tracks as I walk around English towns. A corn exchange was a major centre for a country ...
English Buildings Blog · 1w ago

Lavenham, Suffolk

Shop talkI regularly give a talk about the history of shops and shopfronts and I’ve taken to using this image to explain what late-Medieval shops could look like and how they sometimes funct...
English Buildings Blog · 1W ago

Clare, Suffolk

A sign of old timesIt is, as they used to say, February fill-dyke. Here in Gloucestershire dark days predominate, deadlines loom, and there seems little chance of going very far in search of...
English Buildings Blog · 1W ago

Tottenham Court Road, London

A short afterwordYesterday I did a post about the tiled decoration by Eduardo Paolozzi at Tottenham Court Road underground station in London. At the end of the post is a link to a YouTube vi...
English Buildings Blog · 1W ago

Tottenham Court Road, London

Murals on the moveOne would have to be unobservant (or very lucky) to have spent any time in Central London over the last few years and not come across the Crossrail development. This enormo...
English Buildings Blog · 2W ago

Burford, Oxfordshire

Old school tiesIn 1571 a group of merchants in the Cotswold town of Burford founded a grammar school. Their leader was the appropriately named Simon Wysdom, whose name features in an inscrip...
English Buildings Blog · 2W ago

Bristol

Wesley’s roomIn response to my previous post about the chapel in Devizes, a reader asked me what were the essential requirements of a nonconformist chapel as opposed to, say, an Anglican pla...
English Buildings Blog · 3W ago

Devizes, Wiltshire

Chapel styleSomewhere in the back of my mind there’s the image of a stereotypical nonconformist chapel – the classic design with a symmetrical, vaguely classical brick-built frontage with a ...
English Buildings Blog · 3W ago

Potterne, Wiltshire

A downward glance‘Isn’t that slag?’ The Resident Wise Woman’s mind was more on geology than the elegant but rather forbidding Early English Gothic Gothic architecture of St Mary’s church, Po...